When it comes to fusion restaurants, it’s a risk that isn’t always worth taking. However, if you ever step foot in Seattle’s 9 Delicacies, which prides itself on Korean food with a French twist, you’ll soon realize that some cuisines are just a match made in heaven.
Diane Kim, who is the chef and owner of the South Everett Korean fusion restaurant, knows that the current venue is a bit too small for many people’s liking. However, she lets the food speaks for itself and proves time and time again that size doesn’t necessarily matter.
With Korean cuisine inspiring every dish on the menu, from spicy cucumber salad to pork belly and from noodles to fried chicken, Kim is a master when it comes to injecting a French flair into the most unlikely matching style of food.
One customer who tried the braised pork shoulder couldn’t get over the perfect amalgamation of the many conflicting ingredients. With sauteed kimchi, jalapenos, pickled daikon and hoisin aioli on the side, “the relationship between the veggies and sauce really made it for me,” he said.
Diane Kim’s experience in the culinary world can be traced back to her upbringing in South Korea. Growing up with her eyes plastered to her mother’s cookbook, Kim took everything she learned with her family to Seattle.
It is here where the 43-year-old managed to take her cooking to a whole new level. With her family opening a teriyaki restaurant, Kim worked there during her college years. Despite developing a passion for graphic design, Kim’s one true love remained in the kitchen.
As a result, she enrolled at Seattle’s Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, where she eventually received her degree and became a chef. Then, after working in a number of French restaurants, Kim was inspired to combine the two polarizing styles.
“I knew I could combine both together in a way people could have enjoyed,” Kim said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s French or Korean – Americans know when it’s good food.”
Sandra Bullock All Smiles After Years Of Heartbreak
Sandra Bullock is known for her acting talent, but she’s also known for being the victim. During her marriage, her husband publicly and openly cheated on her, and it seems as though she’s had a rollercoaster back to the top…
A Rollercoaster Journey
Nobody ever wants to be involved in a cheating scandal, and Sandra Bullock was thrown into the lion’s den when her husband was unfaithful. Everyone knew the story, but do we really know what went down with Sandra Bullock and Jesse James?
Although there are more actors and actresses in Hollywood than we can count, it’s fair to say that there are a few names that stand out from the crowd. After making her debut in 1987, Sandra Bullock quickly showed the world that she had what it took to take her career to the next level. Her talent was undeniable, her beauty was apparent, and people could see that she really wanted to succeed. So, it didn’t take her long to be one of the most talked-about women in the business.
An Impressive Woman
Yes, Sandra Bullock was the woman of the decade, and everyone wanted a piece of her. Fans wanted to watch her movies, women wanted to be her best friend, and men plastered posters of her face across their walls. Because of this, those in Hollywood knew that Sandra would have potential suitors waiting in line to date her. Despite the hordes of people who were infatuated with the young actress, it seemed as though nobody caught her eye. At least, not until 1992.
In 1992, Sandra Bullock scored herself a leading role alongside actor Tate Donovan in the romantic comedy movie, Love Potion No.9. The two actors immediately fell head over heels in love with each other, and they even got engaged. Sandra has spoken about this relationship in the past and confessed that she “adored Tate so much,” and that she had never been so close to a person before. They had a connection that just couldn’t be beaten, and Sandra thought they would be together forever.
Didn’t Work Out
Unfortunately, Sandra’s life just didn’t go the way she wanted it to, and her relationship and engagement to Tate Donovan eventually came to an end. They had spent three wonderful years together, but they ultimately knew that they couldn’t be together. Sandra has since noted that she “can’t explain why things worked out the way they did” with Tate, but that she would always remember her first experience of true love. She hoped that she would one day find another like the handsome actor.
When her relationship with Tate came to an end, Sandra was aware of the fact that she had a certain reputation to uphold. Young men and women in Hollywood were often seen to be going on dates and flirting with fellow celebrities, so she wanted to follow in this trend. She decided to spend a year consciously going on dates and getting to know men from all walks of life. However, she later suggested that during this time, she attracted the wrong kind of man.
High Profile Relationships
During this period of dates and short-term relationships, Sandra was linked to some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She became part of high profile relationships in the public eye and adorned papers and magazines across the world thanks to her new love affairs. So, who was she dating? During the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Sandra found herself in the company of talented actors such as Ryan Gosling and Matthew McConaughey. While these relationships didn’t work out, they are still remembered today.
Just after these high-profile relationships, Sandra Bullock organized for her God-son to take a tour of the Monster Garage television set. She also arranged for the young boy to meet the host of the show, Jesse James. Although her God-son was overwhelmed by the introduction, it seems as though Sandra herself was also taken by the man standing in front of them. She couldn’t deny that she was attracted to the motorcycle builder, and realized she wanted to see more of Jesse James.
As Sandra learned more about Jesse, she soon discovered that he had already been married twice before. He was married to Karla James for nine years from 1991 to 2002 and welcomed two children into the world. Just a few months after his first divorce was finalized, he married his second wife, an adult actress, and dancer by the name of Janine Lindemulder. The couple was married for two years and welcomed a daughter into the world before they parted ways.
A Marital Struggle
Despite his previous marriages, Sandra agreed to go on a date with Jesse, and the wheels of their relationship started turning. They tied the knot themselves in 2005, and the first few years of their marriage seemed to pass them by in a flash. However, it wasn’t without its troubles. In 2009, Sandra and her husband entered into a bitter legal battle with Janine Lindemulder over the custody of her daughter. Eventually, Sandra and Jesse won full custody of his child.
Back On Solid Ground
After a long and arduous custody battle, Sandra and Jesse finally found themselves back on solid ground. They were able to start building their life together, and they weren’t afraid to show their love off to the rest of the world. In fact, Sandra would often speak about her husband during interviews and award acceptance speeches. While accepting her Golden Globe in 2010, Sandra noted that her work “got better” when she met Jesse and thanked him for having her back.
A Cheating Scandal
After getting their life back onto an equilibrium after the custody battle, it wasn’t long before tragedy struck their relationship. As Sandra was making her way around the world to promote The Blind Side, countless women made their way to the press with real-life stories of their own. They claimed to have had extra-marital affairs with Jesse while he was married to Bullock. These claims were immediately picked up by newspapers and magazines across the globe, and everyone soon knew about it.
The Ultimate Betrayal
In fact, In Touch Magazine took the whole story to press with a story they called “The Ultimate Betrayal.” This story involved an interview with a model by the name of Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, who confessed to having an affair with Jesse James while his wife was filming The Blind Side. She noted that this affair went on for a whole 11 months, and that Jesse was honest about the fact that he had a wife. However, he told Michelle that she was working away, and didn’t live with him.
As the news of Jesse’s infidelity became a hot topic, Sandra Bullock went into hiding. She canceled all of her personal appearances, she abandoned press junkets for The Blind Side, and she was not seen for weeks. It seemed as though she was heartbroken with the news, and was dealing with such personal turmoil on her own terms. After all, she had made no secret of the fact that she liked to keep some of her private life away from the cameras, and this was something she needed to deal with at home.
Going Under The Radar
For the most part, Sandra Bullock went under the radar. She avoided any chance to leave her home, and she didn’t want to surround herself with cameras or questions surrounding her marriage. However, the media wouldn’t stop talking about the rumors and the women who had come forward with their claims. They took the couple’s silence as an admission of Jesse’s guilt, and he eventually decided that he had to come forward to speak about the claims. He needed to set the record straight.
Releasing His Statement
In March 2010, the world finally heard Jesse’s side of the story. He issued a public apology, and stated that “there is only one person to blame for this whole situation.” He also noted that he was sorry for the pain and suffering that he had caused his wife and his children, and that he would regret his actions for the rest of his life. While fans were finally happy to hear some news about their favorite celebrity couple, this was not the statement they were expecting.
What To Believe?
For the most part, fans didn’t know what to believe. Although he had issued a public apology, he had not stated whether the stories were true or false. He only suggested that a “vast majority” of the rumors that were circulating about him were “untrue and unfounded.” This suggested a hint of guilt, and many fans took this as confirmation that Jesse had been unfaithful to his wife. This did not go down well with the celebrity world or Sandra Bullock’s impressive fan base.
Coming Out Of The Woodwork
However, things weren’t going to get any better for Jesse. Just two weeks after the initial infidelity reports made their way into the world, two more women came forward with their own stories. One woman by the name of Melissa Smith reported that she had engaged in a two-year affair with the baseball star, while Brigitte Daguerre also suggested that she had been intimate with Jesse. She even had text messages to prove it. The cat was out of the bag, and Jesse had been caught red-handed.
A Rehab Stint
Although he knew that he had done wrong, Jesse seemed to want to do everything he could to win back his wife and make his children proud of him. So, he decided to check himself into rehab and spend the next few weeks working on himself and his struggles to “deal with his personal issues.” He hoped that this move would show his wife that he wanted to change, but this just wasn’t enough for Bullock. Just a few weeks later, Bullock filed for divorce from Jesse James.
Want Her To Be Happy
After a string of unsuccessful relationships, fans of Sandra Bullock watched through their fingers as her marriage came tumbling down. All they wanted was for the actress to be happy, and they wanted her to find a man who would love and care for her the way that she deserved to be treated. However, they had instead watched her private life, and her marital struggles, be splashed across magazines and newspapers for the whole world to see. This was more than most could handle.
As fans learned more about her failed marriage to Jesse James, they soon learned that the couple was in the process of adopting a child. They were in the final stages of the process, but Sandra wasn’t going to put her life on hold after the cheating scandal. On the same day that she filed for divorce from her ex-husband, she also announced the news that she would be officially adopting a baby boy and welcoming him into their home. She was going to move on with her life.
Becoming A Mother
For as long as she can remember, Sandra Bullock has always wanted to be a mother. While she hoped that she would be a mother with a loving husband by her side, the cheating scandal made her realize that she cannot count on anyone but herself. So, she decided to go ahead with the adoption process and continue with her life goals on her own terms. She didn’t need a man by her side, and she wasn’t going to let anyone stop her.
Out Of The Public Eye
When the paperwork was successful, and Sandra was able to take her baby boy home, she decided to stay out of the public eye. She knew how important it was to bond with the child, and she didn’t want their first experience of a normal home to be one of the cameras and paparazzi. Because of this, she spent many months at home with her new child and made sure that he was comfortable in her presence and her home before taking the next step.
A Second Child
After experiencing the wonders of parenthood, Sandra decided just a few years later that she wanted to give her son a sister. She adopted a second child, and she was confident in her decision. She didn’t need to have a man by her side to be a powerful mother, and she wanted to show the world that she was capable of raising children on her own. To celebrate her achievements, Sandra enlisted the help of a Los Angeles-based photographer to show off her children to her fans.
A Romantic Spark
When Sandra turned up for the photo shoot, she met Bryan Randall for the first time. Although the photographer was supposed to take their photographs and then go, there was no doubt about the fact that there was something more between the two professionals. They hit it off immediately, and they have been dating ever since. The couple has been together now for four years, and their relationship has been drama-free throughout. Sandra’s fans believe it will stay this way for many more years. But what happened to Jesse?
Jesse has never denied the fact that he cheated on Sandra Bullock, and has stated that his actions have stayed with him since his divorce. He still receives criticism from fans of the actress, but he has since moved on in terms of his love life. In fact, he has remarried and is now married to a professional drag racer by the name of Alexis DeJoria. The couple tied the knot in 2013, and it’s believed that he no longer speaks to Sandra.
A Happy Ending
Jesse James has consistently apologized for causing harm and upset to Sandra Bullock and her fans, and it seems as though they will forgive his actions, but they won’t forget them. However, it’s safe to say that Sandra has since found her happily-ever-after since this traumatic event, and has been able to move on to pastures new. She now has her wonderful children in her life, and she even has a long-term partner who offers everything she needs from a relationship. “He is a great guy and makes Sandra really happy,” an inside source says.